How should we judge the nature of a movement?


Fred Klonsky

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Chuy in Norwood Park on the far northwest side. Photo: Fred Klonsky

How should we judge the nature of a movement?

Chicago Reader writer Michael Miner questions the enthusiasm among those he calls progressives for the upcoming Chicago election for Mayor and alderman.

What is a progressive in Chicago, anyway?

I was at a gathering of city workers for Chuy Garcia in Norwood Park last week at a large beer hall. Norwood Park is on the northwest side of Chicago. It is where a lot of city workers like cops, firemen and streets and sanitation workers live.

It was a mostly white crowd that warmly greeted Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s challenger, Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia.

Garcia could barely make his way through the crowd as people pushed in to get a selfie with the candidate.

Michael Miner uses his dinner party companions as a measure of Rahm Emanuel’s progressive credentials…

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